“Looking five years forward”

The CIMSPA-led conference day was be themed around the CIMSPA 5-year vision and strategy for driving a recognised and respected profession for the sport and physical activity sector’s workforce. The day featured a mix of high-profile keynotes and specialist seminar streams.

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Morning sessions


09:00 - 09:30

Registration teas and coffees

Delegates came along to The Grange first thing and meet fellow delegates and network while registering.

Welcome and introduction

Delegates received a warm welcome and brief outline of the day ahead.

Marc Woods, Chair, CIMSPA Board of Trustees

09:30 - 09:50

09:50 - 10:15

Conference opening

Tara Dillon discussed CIMSPA’s progress in the last year and our plans for the future.
Tara Dillon, FCIMSPA Chartered, CIMSPA CEO

10:15 - 11:15

Keynote: Proving a return on workforce

Jeremy Campbell, former Chief Commercial Officer, SD Worx

Our opening keynote was a compelling out-of-sector take on how engaging your workforce can optimise business performance.

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11:15 - 11:30

Comfort break

11:30 - 12:30

Morning Breakouts


Supporting the NHS, upskilling leisure staff to deliver a comprehensive health check

STREAM: Innovation

SPEAKERS:
Simon Alford, Senior Lecturer in Preventative Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

Given the pressure put on public health with increasing health inequalities and overstretched services, the session to explored the potential for the leisure industry to work with health commissioners to offer services to the necessary professional standards.

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We were BORN TO MOVE

STREAM: Innovation

SPEAKERS:
Justine Williams, Global Business Development Manager, BORN TO MOVE, Les Mills
Martin Radmore, Company Director, VisionED

Les Mills developed the BORN TO MOVE programme to help increase children’s fitness, stop inactivity and to make positive habits; this session looked at new revisions to its content and its trials within schools.

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Shaping the future of the sector’s workforce

STREAM: Education

SPEAKERS:
Elaine Briggs, Head of Education and Innovation, Future Fit Training

Over the last four years, Future Fit Training, with support from CIMSPA and in partnership with ukactive, have published findings in regard to the state of the sector’s workforce in their Raising the Bar reports. This session explored the wider issues facing the sector in terms of workforce skills and provided delegates with an opportunity to help shape the future of the sector.

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Vocational education: nurturing the workforce of the future

STREAM: Transformation

SPEAKERS:
Catherine Hillhouse, Co-Trainer for Sport, Pearson
Marina Bowler Postlethwaite, Lead Trainer for Sport, Pearson

Delegates joined the Pearson team in this session as they explored the practical skills and knowledge vocational learners bring to higher education and the workplace, and why applied learning is so valuable.

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12:30 - 13:15

Lunch break

13:15 - 14:15

Afternoon breakouts


Be The Change - How to use evidence based industry best practice guidelines to support more disabled people to work in leisure

STREAM: Innovation

SPEAKERS:
Hilary Farmiloe, National Programme Manager, InstructAbility
Dr Juliette Stebbings, Senior Lecturer Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Based on a partnership project between Aspire and University of Birmingham, this session provided factual information and interactive activity centred on some recommendations from the guidelines and addressed key topics from the importance of best practice guidelines to how they will affect you and your organisation.

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5 years forward: implications for developing and retaining talent

STREAM: Education

SPEAKERS:
Tim Barry, Head of Department of Medical Sciences and Sport Sciences, University of Cumbria
Hannah Crane, Director of Workforce and Employability, Street Games
Sarah Edmonds, Director of Quality Standards, Active IQ
Chris Fennel, Leisure & Environmental Services Section Head, Watford Borough Council

Colin Huffen, Head of Education, CIMSPA
Tanya Kesterton, Head of Learning Solutions, Swim England
Matt Rhodes, Policy Manager, AoC Sport

Looking to the future educational requirements of the sport and physical activity workforce, this panel session with a group of industry experts explored a range of issues and identify solutions to these problems.

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The National Workforce Registration and Regulation Consultation

STREAM: Transformation

SPEAKERS:
Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA
Spencer Moore, Director of Strategy, CIMSPA
Steve Mitchell, Director, Sporting People
Dan Thorp, Director, Sporting People
Rob Young, Director, Sporting People

This fully interactive session was led by Sporting People and who were looking to get the views and insights from delegates on the potential of a national workforce registration scheme.

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How are technology and data important to the future of physical activity?

STREAM: Innovation

SPEAKERS:
Dave Wright, CEO, Myzone

Dave shared the initial findings on a piece of ongoing research that demonstrates the impact of engaging and motivating kids in physical activity through the use of technology.

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14:15 - 14:30

Comfort break

14:30 - 15:15

Keynote: The Backbone of an Active Nation

Steven Ward, CEO, ukactive

Steven explored the vital role of a well-equipped, dynamic workforce to maintain the strategic and commercial growth of the sector over the next five years.

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15:15 - 15:30

Closing remarks

Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA

For the day 1 (Quest NBS) programme click HERE